Even though you still love your husband or wife, your marriage may seem to have more rocky patches than smooth ones. Before deciding to walk into divorce court, you may want to try to save your marriage. Drafting a postnuptial agreement may help you do just that.
A postnuptial agreement is like a prenuptial agreement with one key exception: You execute the postnuptial agreement after you walk down the aisle. Here are three ways a postnuptial agreement may keep you out of divorce court.
1. Foster good communication
Ineffective communication is a leading cause of divorce. Still, communication breakdowns do not often occur overnight. If you are having trouble talking about problems in your marriage, negotiating a postnuptial agreement may help you broach uncomfortable topics.
2. Reduce financial stress
Just as ineffective communication may increase your chances of having a divorce, money matters may be disastrous for your marriage. If you and your spouse want to clearly define who owns what, creating a postnuptial agreement may be an excellent idea. You can even probably use the agreement to divide marital property or set up spousal support in the event of a divorce.
3. Set realistic expectations
If you feel like you are carrying more weight than your spouse, you may want to define marital roles in your postnuptial agreement. Assigning responsibility for household tasks and other matters may help you set realistic expectations for the next chapter of your marriage.
Ultimately, whether a postnuptial agreement is likely to save your marriage probably depends on many factors. Still, if you and your spouse have not seen eye-to-eye in a while, using a postnuptial agreement to get on the same page may be worthwhile.